Archive for April, 2013

TAKASHI MURAKAMI PREMIERES HIS FIRST FILM “JELLYFISH EYES” IN TOKYO

April 22, 2013  |  art, Film  |  Comments Off

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Hot on the heels of the opening of his incredible new show in LA (here), last weekend saw the master of Japanese Pop, Takashi Murakami, premiering his first feature film, "Jellyfish Eyes"—which has been in the making for over a decade now—in his native Japan. Opening in posh Rippongi Hills, the premiere was accompanied by an exhibition of the props, character models, and production art used in the making of the film, which was originally intended to be an all-animated feature, but instead combines live action with CG animation. According to Murakami, "'Jellyfish Eyes' is a series of fantasy films for young adults set in the aftermath ofJapan’s recent natural disasters. Read More

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TRUSTO CORP IN THE STREETS, IN THE SUPERMARKET, AND AT LEBASSE PROJECTS: “THE FUTURE IS BLIGHT”

April 22, 2013  |  art, Streets  |  Comments Off

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The international crew of culture jammers, street artists, graffitists, and general ne'er-do-wells known as Trusto Crop made the city of Los Angeles their home base of operations in 2013. To celebrate, the band of outsiders initiated a full court press of subversive diatribe in the streets and supermarkets of LA with an allegorical street art and guerilla cereal box campaign leading up to their crowning achievement, the opening of Trusto's first West Coast gallery show, "The Future is Blight" at Lebasse Projects in Culver City on April 13th. Read More

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NEW PAINTINGS BY KAZUKI TAKAMATSU AT COREY HELFORD GALLERY, LA

April 22, 2013  |  art  |  Comments Off

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Currently on exhibit at Culver City's Corey Helford Gallery is a provocatively titled show of beautiful new work by Japanese artist Kazuki Takamatsu, "Japanese Ideology of Puberty." Known for his immaculately-rendered ethereal, ghostly images, Takamatsu employs a hybrid technique that combines elements of computer design with traditional painting methodologies to create images that are utterly unique in their visual depth and presentation. Through the computer graphic technique of depth-mapping, three-dimensional space is digitally visualized in a series of multiple depth plains. Read More

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ARTIST JR’S “WRINKLES OF THE CITY” AT GALERIE HENRIK SPRINGMANN, BERLIN

April 17, 2013  |  art, Streets  |  Comments Off

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French social activist street artist JR continues his ongoing "Wrinkles of the City" project with his latest gallery show of the same name, this time in Berlin at Galerie Henrik Springmann. Opening to a packed house on Wednesday, April 17th, the exhibition showcased a selection of his photographic images wheatpasted onto large wooden palettes mimicking the physical nature of his street-level installations alongside a series of beautiful photographic prints depicting his street pieces as they appeared installed around the world, from China to Cuba. Read More

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JR’S “WRINKLES OF THE CITY” PROJECT IN THE STREETS OF BERLIN (RECAP)

April 17, 2013  |  art, Streets  |  Comments Off

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It's been a busy month for headline-making activist street artist JR, whose new art show, "Wrinkles of the City" just opened at Galerie Henrik Springmann in Berlin, where his street art project of the same name has simultaneously been growing to encompass massive-scale building walls around the city. Read More

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“BLACK & WHITE”: MISHA HOLLENBACH, TOFER CHIN, & BRETT CODY ROGERS AT NEW IMAGE ART

April 16, 2013  |  art  |  Comments Off

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Longtime Supertouch buddy and one of the LA underground art scene's most crucial pillars, Marsea Goldberg, is currently presenting a beautiful show of new work by artists Misha Hollenbach, Tofer Chin, & Brett Cody Rogers titled "Black & White" at her seminal New Image Art Gallery in West Hollywood. Comprised of tonal images, ranging from geometric minimalism to figurative abstracts, the show impresses with it's sheer strength of vision, execution, and sophistication. Read More

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FILM: BARRY McGEE ON THE VIRTUES OF TAGGING

April 15, 2013  |  art, Film, Streets  |  Comments Off

Filmed in 2012, this latest installment of Art21 follows artist Barry McGee through his self-titled retrospective exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA). McGee, who became interested in tagging while growing up in San Francisco, describes the excitement of putting up new tags and the rush of getting away with it. Read More

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STREET LIFE: INVADER’S SPIDER-MAN HANGS AROUND PARIS

April 15, 2013  |  art, Streets  |  Comments Off

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Supertouch buddy (Space) Invader's latest public street hit is this awesome tiled Spider-Man brightening up an otherwise drab wall in Paris. Thank god for good street art with a sense of humor... Read More

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FILM: “OBEY THE GIANT”: THE EARLY YEARS OF SHEPARD FAIREY

April 15, 2013  |  art, Film, Streets  |  Comments Off

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Starting today, director Julian Marshall's dramatic film about the rise of Shepard Fairey, "Obey The Giant" can be viewed in its entirety online for free. Based on the true story of Shepard Fairey’s  formative years at the Rhode Island School of Design where he first conceived the Andre The Giant visual meme, and his first act of street art, "Obey The Giant" tells the story of a young skate punk challenging a big-city mayor and the powers-that-be at art school. Read More

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STREET LIFE: JR KEEPS AN EYE ON THE CLOCK IN BERLIN FOR HIS “WRINKLES OF THE CITY” PROJECT

April 15, 2013  |  art, Streets  |  Comments Off

Screen Shot 2013-04-14 at 4.22.21 PM In advance of his fortcoming "Wrinkles of the City" art show at Galerie Henrik Springmann (opening April 17), French social activist street artist JR has been busy bombing the walls of Berlin. His latest installment sees a historic clock tower in the city's center transformed into a giant, Sauron-style all-seeing eye keeping close watch over the city. Read More

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